- On Exhibit
- Offering Format: Permanent Exhibit
- Red Wing, Lower Level
- Free with Exhibit Halls admission; purchase online
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Visit this viewing area for a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the animals that star in Museum exhibits, Live Animal presentations, and Traveling Programs. The Live Animal Care Center is home to approximately 120 animals, representing more than 50 species.
Through the viewing window, you may see people cleaning cages, preparing food, being trained to handle animals, or assisting veterinarians. The area features information about the animals on view, the different foods they eat, and the specific living environments they require.
Introducing visitors to live animals helps us explain the value and importance of animals, the impact humans have on their habitats, and the struggle for species to survive. Live animals contribute to a wide variety of exhibits and programs that encourage observation and inquiry and promote interest in the natural sciences.